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MONDAY MOANING BLUES: THOUGHTS ABOUT SILENCE

I TOLD MY CHILDREN THE HORRIFIC TRUTH about life in the old days: “And at about 11.30 every night, they would play the national anthem and we would pretend to stand up and every screen went blank. And all scree...

Hard Cheese! Authentic is the New Luxe

The term ‘mass luxury’ is a contradiction. It makes no sense, except of course in marketing parlance, when it becomes potent. True luxury in the consumerist Edwardian sense – a Fabergé egg let’s say, comprising...

Leading Vietnam Blogger Draws Five-Year Sentence

The Hanoi People’s Court on March 23 sentenced prominent independent blogger Nguyễn Hữu Vinh, known also by his pen name Anh Ba Sam or “Brother Gossip,” to five years in prison for charges related to his work. ...
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THE DAY 16 WOMEN ESCAPED THEIR MARRIAGES

WIFE: “The house is on fire! Get the kids out first!” ME (Stuffing Star Wars figurines collection into pockets): “I’m on it! Really soon! Almost immediately!” *** Fortunately, it turned out to be a dre...
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Smart pets harm my self-esteem

A DOG HAS LEARNED TO READ. Fernie, a two-year-old Labrador from the UK, can read four words and is working on another 20, says his owner, a teacher. The growing intelligence of animals worries me, as I well ...
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3 eyebrow-raising news items about pets treated as children

While shaking hands the other day, I felt thankful that we evolved from apes. Had we evolved from dogs, we’d greet each other by circling around with our heads down saying: “Wow, your nether regions smell great...
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4 examples of knee-jerk reactions

Now that my children are all on Facebook I don’t punish them for misdeeds any more. I just tag them on old family pictures of them pooping at the poolside etc. Mwa ha ha. *** But I was scolded by a ...

Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration 2016 (Jan 28-30)

The Wandering Palate will be heading to Queenstown and the Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration 2016 (Jan 28-30), one of the best pinot 'parties' on planet earth, or Middle Earth as it were. Indeed, I have been...
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10 Daddy and child conversations

Kids ask tough questions. Like: "Do fish get thirsty?" I replied that they do, and the most common cause of preventable fish death are the greedy ones drinking up all the water in their tanks. *** "...